Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look at the most intriguing pitching matchup of the day, with a final prediction of the winning pitcher. You may be asking yourself "What exactly does The 606 mean? There's no major league baseball for that area code- it's in Eastern Kentucky!" BBP isn't listing players from Eastern Kentucky either. The 606 is short for 60 feet and 6 inches. If you still don't understand, I direct your attention to Official Rule 1.07 from Major League Baseball, referring to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate. Now that we've got that squared away, let's take a look at today's featured pitching matchup for Wednesday, August 18th.
Recapping yesterday's 606, starter John Danks was tagged early by the Twins, as he allowed four earned runs during the first inning. Danks also allowed two home runs, something he had not done since October of last season. Even with Danks allowing eleven hits over seven innings, the White Sox offense rallied behind him late in the game, earning him a no decision.
No Decision: John Danks (7 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.86 WHIP)
The 606 Season-to-Date Record (W-L-ND): 95-83-59, 3.77 ERA (620 ER in 1480.1 IP)
Today in the 606, a knuckleball pitcher and the Mets pay a visit to Houston where they will face off against one of the most consistent pitchers of the 2010 season. While both of these teams are likely out of postseason play, this will still be an exciting pitching matchup.
RHP R.A. Dickey - NYM (8-5, 2.43 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Myers - HOU (8-7, 3.13 ERA)
While the New York Mets falling further and further down a black hole as the season rolls on, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey continues to be the one lone bright spot for the team. Over his past five starts, Dickey has posted a 2-1 record, a 1.69 ERA, and a 17/B K/BB ratio over 32 innings. In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies, Dickey allowed just one hit over nine innings becoming the 35th pitcher in Mets history to throw a one hitter. Dickey has two relief appearances against the Astros, both coming last season while with the Minnesota Twins.
One thing is for certain when Brett Myers takes the mound for the Astros - the bullpen won't be needed until the 7th or 8th inning. Myers has pitched at least six innings during all of his starts this season, something that no other pitcher in the Bigs has done this year. Fresh off a two-year contract extension, Myers held the Pirates to just one earned run over seven innings, but took a no decision in the outing. Another feat Myers is working on this season; He's trying to stay perfect while pitching at home in Minute Maid Park. Over eleven home starts, Myers is posting a 6-0 record with a 2.20 ERA and has only allowed three home runs over 77 2/3 innings. Myers is 9-6 over 27 career games (7 relief appearances) against the Mets, posting a 5.01 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP. Carlos Beltran is hitting .333 (11 for 33) with 1 HR and 6 RBI against Myers.
Final Prediction: Brett Myers